Shearer – Players Have To Take Ultimate Responsibility

We have always said that when it come down to it, it’s the players who must take the ultimate responsibility of taking Newcastle United to relegation from the Premier League for the first time in their history.


 Alan Shearer – completely gutted yesterday

After the game yesterday – in our utter desperation at being relegated when it would have been so easy to stay up – like scoring one goal – we also had a go at Mike Ashley.

But what Alan says is what everybody in their heart knows – it has to be the players who take the hit because we’ve been relegated. It hasn’t been easy for them, but hey, jobs shouldn’t be easy when you are paid outlandish sums like £60K/week.

Alan talked about being busy all the time these last 8 weeks, but take a top executive business job at a top company, and you are hardly ever in the country, never mind just  being away from home.  Just ask my wife what it was like, when I was at IBM the last 10 years.

No – footballers are spoiled – there’s little doubt about that – and seem not to understand how the real world of business actually works. That’s because they’ve never been in it.

It’s just nonsense that players are paid the amounts they are, for what they do, and they have precious little responsibility – for anything.

It was the squad – paid £74M in wages for this season, who just were not good enough. And Mike Ashley had a staff for which he was paying out huge wages, and had the right to expect more – a lot more from his players.

And if it’s one thing Alan Shearer is good at, it’s telling the plain truth straight up – just like his mentor Kevin Keegan used to do, and Alan says Newcastle United’s relegation is squarely the fault of the players.

Shearer said:

“When you get in that rut, it’s very difficult to get out of. I’ve just told the players that they can make all the excuses they like. Shearer wasn’t good enough, Ashley wasn’t good enough, Chris Hughton, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear – forget that.”

“It’s what’s in the dressing room that’s not been good enough.”

“Whoever comes in, there needs to be an overhaul. The sooner the better. Other clubs will have a head start. We are going to be a big scalp in the Championship. What’s important now is that we get back on track.”

Shearer, who was almost in tears (like the rest of us) when he was talking, added:

“I will sit down with the owner and the chairman this week and give my opinions. You talk about me making a decision, but they might not even ask me. They will ask my opinion.”

“I haven’t had time to sit down and think. Decisions need to be made sooner rather than later. There are huge problems. It’s not just about today.”

“It’s gone on this season, last season, the season before, it’s a culmination of everything. We are now paying the price for that.”

Derek Llambias also said this morning that he and Mike would sit down with Alan and discuss things, and as Alan says, there’s so much to be put right at the club.

Whoever is in charge must start now, because the Championship kicks off in early August, earlier than the Premier League.

One way to lift the severe doom and gloom on Tyneside, is to put together a winning side for next season.  We wish.

111 comments so far

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1


    Please don’t give up on Newcastle United Team. Please continue to support them! They WILL BE BACK NEXT SEASON TO PREMIUM LEAGUE!!!

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Please continue to support them.

    It’s really very sad, disappointment and hurting for all of us but that’s the only way that can really clean up the whole mess of the management team and the players.

    They will be back to Premium League next season… Please continue continue to support them! They need your support!!!

  • True fan

    May 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #3

    I posted this on another thread, but this is how i feel about newcastle

    ‘well.. prepare yourselves for a very long comment…..

    I am going to say things that alot of you wont agree on but im going to make bullet points about a few things:

    1) Mike Ashley can be held responsible for relegating this once great football club but the fact of the matter is the players did it. At the end of the day the players are the ones playing on the pitch, get payed 10’s of thousands of pounds each week and they put in sorry performances week in week out.

    2) Im not the greatest fan of Mike Ashley, and i also blame him partly for us going down, but he did sell some very good players like given, n’zogbia and milner, but they wanted away from newcastle, dont forget that, fair enough we wanted rid of n’zogbia because of his whinging but given wanted away because he had 10 years of newcastle and he got nothing in return. Mike Ashley allowed funds for transfers, but the funds were spent terribly, par a few exceptions (Bassong, Beye)

    3) Stop with the Ashley hate brigade, yes i dont like him either, but where would this club be if he hadnt come in and saved us from financial meltdown (and dont have any snide comments, for example, ‘we would be in the PL!’) the truth is we wouldn’t prbably be a club anymore

    4) Now for the players. I feel there are only a few players who i believe should wear our proud shirt.:
    Steven Taylor; he plays his heart out for this club and him coming out yesterday and saying he’ll stay with us no matter what just shows what a great loyal lad he is
    Steve Harper; hes waited what, 16 years for the no1 goalkeeper spot at newcastle? sorry if i got the number wrong but he definately spent a hell of a lot of years waitng for it, and if that doesnt show loyalty, i dont no what does
    Damien Duff; i admit, he hasnt been the best player for us this season or any other season perhaps, but he is another player who truely tries his hardest to help this club and runs his socks off for us
    Nicky Butt; Yes i said it, nicky butt. Butt has been an ever present in our team all season and its got me wondering why. Is it the fact he concedes too many free kicks or penaltys? No, its because although he may not have the pace anymore, but he still runs his heart out, and the only reason he gives away too many free kicks and penaltys is because hes the one chasing back and trying to help our defense, who desperately need it. So lay off the hate butt campaign, the fact of the matter is, he tries his best, although it may not be enough for you cynical fans (not everybody)
    There may be others who deserve to wear our shirt, but there the main ones i believe…

    5) Now for the managers (this season).
    It all started so well for us, a draw against the mighty man utd, then a win against bolton and coventrt, then it all went pear shaped. Milner was sold, we lost to arsenal and then KK resigned. This for me was the turning point of our season (yes, so early wasnt it?). KK resigning left us managerless for a number of games whilst we were losing precious points, which now come back to haunt us. We dont know the exact reasons why he left us, but we have a fairly clear clue, he resigned because he working relationship with dennis wise went out of the window, and he gave ashely and ultiamtum, me or wise. Ashely chose the latter and now he fully regrets it.
    Then came along the brave Joe Kinnear. Im not his biggest fan but he came in when no one else would, and i mean it, no one. He tried his best where he could but really, our season was already doomed.
    Joe fell in and then came in Alan Shearer. I’ll be honest, i was delighted when he came in, i though we would definately stay up, but it was not to be and i hope he definately stays with us, we love him as much as he loves us.

    6) this is my first ever post on this great blog, but i have read it for about a year now, and i have to say, what a year it has been
    I know you’ll all think, what a sad loser for writing this much without stopping, but the truth is, i felt i had too, i’ve read and read comments about fans bickering, fans fighting, fans commenting on their ridiculous transfer wishes, but now i felt i had to say something. For the true fans like me out there, stop being so negtive i.e critising players (although they may deserve), stop hating ashley (although he has made terrible decisions) and show your true support to NUFC for next season, yea we may be in the championship, but that doesnt mean we cant get promoted straight away does it, birmingham have just done it so why cant we?

    Keep the faith NUFC supporters, and be their for our players next season, they will need it.’

    Just another comment, for everybody who feels i dont support newcastle, heres some reasons why i do, i was born and bred here, i was born the same hear we got promoted into what is now the PL, and for us to get relegated this year was heart wrenching, i tried to fight back the tears but i couldnt, i will be there next season for newcastle in the championship, as i am a true fan of NUFC

  • davis_toons

    May 25, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I now just HOPE newcastle won’t be a disgrace in the COKE league.

    Please go back to where you belongs,

    If Shearer goes, i really dont know will we be back again.

    The same old shit is going to happen again i’m afraid…..

    If AS leaves newcastle

    XXX appointed
    XXX leaves /sack /health problem

    YYY appointed
    YYY leaves / sack /health problem

    ZZZ appointed
    ZZZ leaves / sack /health problem

    We will be beyond hope already by then.
    Please dont happen.

    Some of our fans dont have that many 10 years to wait.

  • Norwegian_geordie

    May 25, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Relegated by an own goal.
    The best way to summarize this season.

    There was no blood, sweat and tears. Except from S. Taylor and Alan.
    Some players gave a decent performance, but all in all, this season, has been lacking og comitment.

    Get rid of the dead wood.

    to kick of the transfer window.. Lets bring in Skjelbred from Norway.
    Use a translator for this article:

    Skjelbreds nightmareday.
    He’s a massive NUFC supporter and I’m sure, will be a really good adition to the team.
    He’s got pace, stamina and a bright head (as he is a NUFC supporter)

    I hope our starting elleven will look somewhat like this next season.

    ———— Harper————

    H. Beye – S. Taylor – S. Bassong – J. Enrique

    Skjelbred – Guthrie – CREATIVNESS – Jonas

    ———- Carrol – Martins (?)

    I know Martins, Beye and Bassong problably won’t be here next season. But I sure hope we can keep at least Beye and turn NUFC up side down to keep Bassong. He will be great!

    What about scouting another norwegian..
    Stokkelien – 19 years.. Allready scored 4 goals in the Norwegian division.

  • nufcindia

    May 25, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Give me the job
    the blame has to go to many people. Mr Ashley needs to take the blame for what he did in the beginning of the season. JK has to take it. I think we had a team good enough to finish top half. But the way the managers made them play made us finish 18th. i have seen many comments saying we should get shearer in as manager. yes he has done some good things. he recognized that caroll was better than ameobi. But what does the results say. 1 win in 8. and i have seen no improvement in the way we played. No crosses going in from the wings. long hopeless balss still going in from deep. Some managers concentrate more on what happens outside the pitch when everything that is worthwhile happens on it. i think he is one of that managers.Tacticallu not good enough. and about butt, i have to say again he is good defensively but what is he doing when he gets the ball. watch the last 10 matches and you will see. This is one of things that made me think about shearer. he never saw that or he made butt do that which is even worse.

  • davis_toons

    May 25, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #7

    True fan // May 25, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Just finish reading your post…woo..

    But tat’s just wat TRUE FAN thinks alike. TOTALLY AGREED !!! Good ONE!!!

    ED, thank you for your hardwork and effort put in this blog for us.

  • nufcindia

    May 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #8

    the ultimate person to blame is the manager not the players. shearer had only 8 games. that can be an excuse. but the pperson in complete control is the manager.for example in case of a striker to judge you should take the goals to chances ratio. now tell me how many chances did any of our strikers get yestrday. i have to say again the team was tactically nothing.i think the center of the midfield was the biggest mistake

  • True fan

    May 25, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #9

    thanks davis_toons

    nice to know some people agree with me

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #10

    What is done is done we have been a poor side for 4 seasons or so and it has ended in disaster.

    We are rotten to the core,the owner is an idiot and the players are not Premiership quality.

    Teams like Hull,Stoke and even the Mackems have got some fight in them that makes up for what they lack in skill…we have none of the things that count in football..Pride,Fight and Passion.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #11

    A lot depends upon what Ashley does next.

    He’ll want to cut expenses significantly but will he allocate enough for us to build a team capable of winning the Championship?

    A lot of players will need replacing and that could be relatively expensive in itself.

  • BT9MAG

    May 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #12

    True fan, what you’re saying is predominantly true, I disagree on a few points, but that is what opinions are for at the end of the day…

    …Ashley took a massive gamble in not putting further funds into the club – but that didn’t make Michael Owen play badly, or Joey Barton act like a tool, or Oba Martins get injured…

    He can’t take sole responsibility HOWEVER he must take some, after all – we’ve NEVER been relegated from the premiership until he came along!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Hugh-Be very interesting to see what happens,I think Mike will sell now which is positive.

  • BT9MAG

    May 25, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #14

    SJT – I agree, with the exception of a couple of the youngsters (stevie taylor and danny guthrie) I thought the whole of the team yesterday were gutless, spineless, lazy scum!

  • Thump

    May 25, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree 100% True Fan. Nice to see a straight thinker.

    Anyway, I’m going to say my thanks to Ed now for running such a great blog. It’s just a shame it couldn’t end on a higher note.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    The players should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Girth

    May 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #17

    heres one for ya that was brought up in the pub yesterday:
    joey barton could get us 15 goals in the championship next season,
    should we really get rid? Do we have the luxury?

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #18

    There are lots of problems with Newcastle United and people have variously blamed players, managers, owners, chairmen, directors of football and just about everything else.

    But I think at the bottom of all those problems lies a root cause and that’s that the club haven’t had a long-term plan.

    Both Shepherd and Ashley seemed to simply react to events, fire-fighting all the time and searching for instant successes.

    The club needs to figure out where it wants to be (and can realistically be on the finances it has) in 3 years, 5 years and even 10 years.

    Then it needs to formulate a plan and build slowly towards it, appointing a chairman and a manager who will see it through together for at least 5 years.

  • ginkoh

    May 25, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #19

    We can blame anyone in th world for our relegateion but whatever happen I will let you know we all Newcastle supporter in Thailand will be with team forever. Even my Prime Minister Abhisit, he’s real Geordie too.

  • dougnufc

    May 25, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #20

    I am proud to be a geordie. And I will support the team more than ever!

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    The fact that the owner did not back the right man at the start of the season and caused a succession of poor replacements throughout the season leaving the players (and us) wondering what the heck is going on.

    However true professionals get on with it and it shows how shallow some of our over-paid players really are.

    It’s been a season from hell, our owner gambled with the club’s status in the EPL and lost, selling talented players and banking the money.

    WE ALL KNEW OUR MIDFIELD HAD NO PLAY MAKER and now we suffer because of it. Taylor, Oba and Duff seemed like some of the few who really tried.

    Owen is a disgrace and should have been given his cards weeks ago.

    Shearer says the dressing room is to blame… and ok I hear what you say but our inept owner has caused choas and for me he is to blame, a gambler and someone who appointed friends above talent.

  • cg

    May 25, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #22

    True fan – hear hear!

    Swedish toon here – which nullifies any born or bred “rights” some of you have, I know. However I’ve been a fan since early/mid 80s (basically when you’re at the age you discover there actually are teams outside your local town), and do too consider myself true to the toon – championship or not.

    We can argue faults and lay blame til judgement day comes, it won’t change what has happened. Let’s just hope and cheer for a rejuvination of the club. A healthy overdue cleansing. And a steadfast march back to glory!

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Girth // May 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    heres one for ya that was brought up in the pub yesterday:
    joey barton could get us 15 goals in the championship next season,
    should we really get rid? Do we have the luxury?
    <<< ithink your right there m8 along with duff

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #24

    nowt like a full english to perk you off to the metro centre to get me new toon top….not…..ash ya fat pounce you’ve had ya last penny off me , now sell up and leave.

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d be happy to rely on our reserves and watch them next season and get rid of every first team player.

    I say that because the ones I’d like to keep, like Oba, will be gone anyway and the rest are mostly gutless wonders.

    You think Barton deserves to wear B&W? you think he’d be happy in the championship? well I don’t.

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #26

    GIRTH i dont know how old u are but i supported the club when we were in a worse state than this so it is nowt new to me but we will be back and i think it will be next season

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #27

    komfort how u feelin m8 life goe,s on u know

  • Girth

    May 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #28

    The conclusion we came to is that it will purely come down to personal opinion and money with Barton. I think he will stay if given the chance, but this relies on the next manager’s willingness/want to work with him, and of course, if the club feels he justifies his wages. Would the transfer fee be better than having him here? Is he expendable? Can we simply afford him?
    Difficult possition because quite honestly, he is the best midfielder we have, and that’s the sad truth…

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #29

    morning batts , very angry mate.

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #30

    agree girth we have to try and keep hold of some of our better players cos lets face it there all owe us

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #31

    i can’t recall barton playing for us..another overpaid waster..get rid !

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #32

    komfort i feel like a beaten man m8 it dusent help realy wen every one in me hoose support the toon i try pick me self up but the rest are still mopeing around

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Last season wasn’t much different and took KK a long while to turn things around. Nothing was learnt by the club then.

    To think a draw in one of our last 2 games would have saved us!

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #34

    komfort a think we should keep hold of some of them to make them play in the championship as punishment

  • komfort

    May 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #35

    aye batts, it’s so frustrating mate..

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #36

    this season is the worst ive ever know for buying shit players

  • Girth

    May 25, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #37

    yeah im with you on the worse state, im 28, so i started watching them when we sucked balls and then Keegan came and the rest is history. Im as gutted as everyone one else but we only have to look at west ham, man city as examples that life goes on and tomorrow is another day (as well as other clichés) and we will be back! And furthermore, in a far better state than what we left it in!
    But this brings another question to WHY people are so gutted?
    Do people support NUFC or the Premier League?
    Will people only support if we are on TV?
    People, we are in a recession and we have been relegated, more than ever the club needs our help, we need to spend (and I mean us, the fans) our way out of this, go and see the team play, put your money into the club, as without it, and of course the tv revenues were now missing out on, lack of support WILL affect the club for the worse. A lot has been said about decisions people higher up in the club and what impact they have made, that’s history now, as of next season, WE are in the position to help, WE can now make or break this club…

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Which players would you like to keep Batty?

    serious question, Just some wouldn’t wanna and would end up showing on the pitch imo.

  • batty

    May 25, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #39

    be truthfull iam looking forward to getting that winning feeling back agen u would of thought we won the leauge wen we beat the smoggys the other week

  • True fan

    May 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #40

    BT9MAG, im alright with you disagreeing with some points, lyk u sed, thats what opinions are for.

    i dont mean to start this debate already because the seasons just finished, but here are some people i would like to see in newcastle shirt next season:

    barry ferguson-WBA are interested, so why cant we be interested?

    kevin doyle-good championship goalscorer

    jason scotland- looks a very good player at championship standard

    jermaine beckford- scored 30+ goals at leeds this season, maybe he can help us?

    fox- looks a good LB

    stephen hunt- looks loyal to reading, maybe be loyal to us if he came in, also a good midfielder

    ingimarsson- looks good championship player, also got good shot on him

    leroy lita?- i know im saying alot of strikers, but hes quick, strong and can finish, more than i can say for owen

    chris eagles- only come to us if burnley fail to get promoted, looks a good player

    peter ramage- dont know alot about him anymore, but hes tall and could deal with aerial threats, like are defence cant at the moment

    mceveley- derby LB, could give cover to enrique if he stays, unlikely though

    giles barnes- sed hes returning to derby, looked good at derby and hes young

    wheater- sed hes stayin at middlesbrough, but could we tempt him to us?

    adam johnson- good winger, fast and able to track back

    there are more players i would want but i dont want to get carried away (although i might already have 🙂 )

    these players along with harper, beye, R Taylor and S Taylor, enrique (maybe), guthrie, butt, guttierez (maybe), nolan (has to stay, only signed him in Jan), duff (would love to keep him), ameobi, carroll, ranger and viduka (love the guy, could only offer him half his wages and pay as you play deal) would look good in a newcastle championship team

    i hope we sign a few of them and keep the rest, as i cant see us retaining owen(dont want him anyway) martins 🙁 , geremi :), collocini, bassong, cacapa (who?), smith and xisco,

    i would also love to keep lovernkarnds and barton (great player, terrible attitude) but i can see them moving on, maybe lovernkrands will stay, i remain hopeful


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